Bill S1614B-2013

Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; appropriation

Authorizes the New York state energy research and development authority to develop, implement, administer and operate a temporary middle income home energy assistance program.

Details

Actions

  • Feb 10, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 3, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 1614B
  • Feb 3, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Apr 3, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 1614A
  • Apr 3, 2013: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • Feb 27, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Energy and Telecommunications - Feb 10, 2014
Ayes (9): Maziarz, Carlucci, O'Mara, Ritchie, Robach, Parker, Kennedy, Dilan, Peralta
Ayes W/R (1): Griffo

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1614B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing the New York state energy research and development authority to develop a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; making an appropriation therefor and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

To establish a program which will provide home heating fuel assistance to middle-income families who would otherwise not qualify under the State/Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the legislation establishes, within the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), and with the assistance of the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Temporary Middle Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Section two appropriates $1,000,000 for the purpose of enacting this temporary program of assistance to middle-income New Yorkers.

Section three enacts the legislation immediately and sunsets the program on April 1, 2015.

EXISTING LAW:

This is a new program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, after which this program is modeled, is established in Social Services Law § 97. LIHEAP is administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is federally-funded, and has income eligibility criteria. (See, http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap)

JUSTIFICATION:

Although natural gas prices have stabilized, the cost of heating oil, wood pellets and propane has not remained stable. With the onset of colder weather, it is anticipated home heating costs may approach or exceed the record costs seen in the winter of 2010-2011. When coupled with the continuing slow recovery of New York's employment, stagnation of wages and erosion of middle-class savings during the "Great Recession," it is a clear that there may be widespread inability of New Yorkers to pay their heating bills. At the same time, funding for low-income heating assistance is falling. Over the last two years, heating assistance funding has been cut to $3.5 billion from $5.1 billion in 2010. Finally, the number of households receiving assistance fell by 1.1 million over the period. Averting a catastrophe is imperative. And by providing a State-funded Middle Income Home Energy Assistance program we are delivering immediate help on an emergency basis to middle-income families.

The program will be funded through proceeds from carbon permits auctioned as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1064-A - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications 2009-2010: S.2457 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications 2008-2009: S.8757-A - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

This bill is estimated to cost $1 million in State revenue.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2015.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1614--B 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to authorizing the New York state energy research and development authority to devel- op a temporary middle income home energy assistance program; making an appropriation therefor and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1854 of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 9 to read as follows: 9. TEMPORARY MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. (A) THE AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, ADMINISTER AND OPERATE A PLAN, AND HOLD FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PLAN, TO MAKE AVAILABLE ONE-TIME SUPPLE- MENTING GRANTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN HOME HEATING FUEL. (B) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM "HOME HEATING FUEL" SHALL MEAN FUEL OIL, COAL, WOOD, PROPANE, NATURAL GAS, ELECTRICITY, STEAM, KEROSENE AND ANY OTHER FUEL WHEN USED FOR RESIDENTIAL HEATING PURPOSES. (C) THE AUTHORITY IS REQUIRED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLAN ESTABLISHED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEMPORARY
MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND TO ASSIST ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE. (D) PERSONS WHO QUALIFY FOR MIDDLE INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARDS PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY, SHALL BE CERTI- FIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR AND ENTITLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSIST- ANCE. NO PERSON, HOWEVER, SHALL BE CERTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE FOR AND ENTI- TLED TO RECEIVE SUCH HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE IF NO STATE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SUCH PURPOSE. (E) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE AMOUNT OF ANY HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS OR ALLOWANCES PROVIDED TO AN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLD UNDER SUCH PLAN SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED INCOME OR RESOURCES OF SUCH HOUSEHOLDS, OR OF ANY MEMBER THEREOF, FOR ANY PURPOSE UNDER ANY STATE LAW. S 2. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state energy research and development authority out of any moneys in the state treas- ury in the general fund to the credit of the state purposes fund, not otherwise appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose of supporting the temporary middle income home energy assistance program. Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the New York state energy research and development authority in the manner prescribed by law. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2015.

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